Nuclear overseer missed
THE resignation of Hong Kong's main overseer for the Daya Bay nuclear power station has resulted in a loss of experienced leadership, China Light and Power (CLP) admits.
Since the managing director of the Hong Kong Nuclear Investment Company (HKNIC), Ho Chi-kun, left in March, day-to-day management has been delegated to a newly appointed general manager because Mr Ho's replacement is too busy, the company says. Mr Ho had been at CLP for about 25 years.
He had left to take up ''private business interests'', the company said.
CLP managing director Ross Sayers took over in November as chairman of HKNIC, which had three management posts then. The third was that of technical adviser on contract from project consultant Electricite de France, held by Dr Jacques Pretti.
Mr Ho was replaced by Dr Lee Yui-bor, also CLP general manager for planning and China business. But whereas Mr Ho used to deal directly with the Chinese Government, majority owners in the nuclear joint venture, day-to-day work is now handled by general manager Hui Yau-fong.
Dr Lee is on holiday, Mr Hui was unavailable for comment and Mr Ho could not be contacted yesterday.
Mr Sayers, known as a cost - and job - cutter when he was chief of the New South Wales State Railway Authority before he took over at CLP in January last year, denied there had been a clash of interests between himself and Mr Ho.
He admitted Mr Ho's experience would be missed. ''We regard him very highly and [China] holds him in very high regard.''